Saturday, November 03, 2012

Eight Days in Haiti....in photos

the luggage
Amarillo Airport, ready to get the show on the road! to DFW and then Miami for night.

The snacks and the read

in Haiti...no luggage...grrrr...

Oct. 9, just hours after reunion we are back in PAP to pick up medical papers

The do

serious conditioning going on here

beauty

glow

the high pitched giggle, audible joy

you know I'm cute

random activities, modeling clay

making paper sandwiches


when you let an 8 year old Haitian girl do you hair this is whatcha get

mmmhumm

the bless-ed passport


my clingy sleep partner

dry cornflakes and coffee

always propping up that pretty head...we are working on that:)

Dramamine = deep sleep on long drives - YES!

Pastor, driver, father to 8, caretaker of 100 or so....I'll never know his kind of busy

she's awake - visa appointment here we come!

ESL flashcards- she loved them!

the view from my stay

she loves to fix Barbie hair

lookin' cute

trying to look cute in this heat

banana soup for breakfast

the thing that kept me awake even with ear plugs in....i-no-heart-roosters

the narrow, packed roads

if you can zoom in to the tinted part of window you can see the miles of mountainside slums - astounding

and this is Haiti




the beloved visa!




ocean view











Haitian art

at HCRM, letting Sunny say goodbye to friends









pretty girl (on left)

and today's protein - peanut butter


driving away from the orphanage....forever....pensive

oh to know her thoughts in this moment

holding hands saying "I'm here."

practicing handwriting


before we knew how long we would wait - IBESR for exit letter

behind that door sits a lot of important papers


waiting

still waiting

and she's with me, waiting.

6.5 hours later - we have the exit letter!

goodbye Haiti

celebration and thanksgiving dinner



last morning in Haiti


goodbye sweet Sam



sweatin' in PAP airport. Sunny was in a daze, poor thing. She could not process what was happening. Dramamine wasn't helping, I'm sure.

after flight delay and 3 hours in immigration, Sunny girl gets promised first hot bath in her lifetime. I'd give anything to have it recorded so you could hear her sheer joy.

Homecoming Day!!!! Put on the new robes, its time to celebrate!


giggles over ice water


and then there was.....a welcome home like no other.

7 comments:

Denise said...

So beautiful! How amazing that this leg of the journey is FINALLY over isn't it? BTW - I have to agree. I don't heart roosters either!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story come true. How I wish I could have been at the airport to witenss such an amazing little girl begin her new journey in life.

May God continue to bless your family.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely awesome...brought tears to my eyes...and warmed my heart so.

We are so close to bringing home our twins...they're almost 6 years old...and your story in pictures is how I always imagined it going down. (hoping- and also can't wait for the first hot bath thing! Prob in hotel in the way home even! I can hardly wait!) Bless you..and all...in this long...heart wrenching process...that you showed the light at the end of the tunnel of...beautifully. xoxo

Diane xo Canada

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summer roughton said...

what beautiful photos that tell an even more beautiful story. someone posted your blog on our adoption group website with a link to the post back in july. it came at the perfect time in my day. i am in the very end stages of adopting 2 little boys from the congo (filed our i600 2 weeks ago). i am at that... "i don't know if i can take it any longer"... stage. then i read your post. sobbed. and felt renewed. thank you for these pictures as a reminder today that it will come to an end. and it will be beautiful.

French Marianne said...

Hi Cindy !
Hope you are all 5 doing well at home now. It has been one month you've been a forever family. Love + special hug for cousin Libby from Marianne, Luc and xu cousin Ninon

Ashley Nieuwsma said...

This journey just warms my heart so. Makes me realize just how close our own is to happening. Thanks for letting us share in your joys! :) Blessings!

 
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